As Street Fighter V fans patiently wait for the match featuring Victor “Punk” Woodley and Yusuke Momochi in Group A, Justin Wong can look to dominate Group B for a spot in the playoffs April 21.
The competitors for this group include Hiroyuki “Eita” Nagata facing Daigo “The Beast” Umehara, and Justin Wong facing Bruce “Gamerbee” Hsiang in the first rounds. Players Darryl “Snake Eyez” Lewis and Eduardo “PR Balrog” Perez secured their spot in the prelims and are waiting to play the winners from those matches.
The one to watch out for in the competition would have to be Justin Wong. This guy is everywhere, and not only is he highly skilled in Street Fighter, but in other fighting games including the upcoming Tekken 7 which includes Street Fighter’s Akuma.
It would be great to see Wong go against PR Balrog in a rematch. The last time the former Evil Geniuses teammates met were in the prelims, where Perez beat Wong 2-1 and was able to score a perfect KO. This was one of the few times Wong wore his nerves on his sleeve, but if they meet again and if he can let that match stay in the past, we can see a different outcome.
That does mean he would have to win through the rounds and beat Snake Eyez. If he loses they will face each other in the loser’s bracket if he beats a pending opponent.
Perez, who mainly plays with no other than Balrog, dominated in the Capcom tour with the character. He is said to be one of the best Balrog players in the game and continues to prove it to his competition. He continues fighting in tournaments after a failed retirement announcement in 2016.
My prediction is we can possibly see this match-up in the playoff spot if Umehara wins against Eita. Leading to a rematch between him and Wong from EVO 2014 where Wong lost in a comeback victory in Street Fighter III. To sum it up, Wong has two scores to settle.
If it comes down to the two I would bet on Wong as he is a Genius World Record holder for his win streak of 300-0. He mains with Karin, but if he chooses to use Akuma sometime in the competition, he will be untouchable.
But we must wait and see if that match will take place, or if there will be upsets in the bracket. The only way to find out is to tune in Friday on TBS.